The annual Oxford Dance Symposium

Organised by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp

The first Dance Symposium at New College took place on 21 April 1999 with 'Dance on the English Stage', and has become a yearly event. Each symposium is designed to explore different aspects of dance, with particular reference to its musical, theatrical, literary and social context during the long eighteenth-century.

16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium

in association with the Oxford Centre for Life Writing at Wolfson College

will take place in Oxford on

15 & 16 April 2014

‘The dancer in celebrity culture in the long 18th-century: reputations, images, portraits’

Keynote speaker: Shearer West

Building on the success of the 2009 symposium, ‘Dance and Image’, the 16th Oxford Dance Symposium will take as its subject dancer celebrity in all its forms. There will be a particular focus on dancers’ portraits, and the circulation of images.

However, the Oxford dance symposia as a whole focus on the technique, practice and philosophy of dance during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and we welcome papers on any aspect of dance during this period.

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